Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

British stage and film actor
Date of Birth: 26.10.1942
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins, a British stage and screen actor, was known for his versatile acting skills and ability to effortlessly switch between comedic and dramatic roles. After gaining recognition as an actor in his home country of England, he began receiving offers for film roles in the United States, working with renowned American directors such as Steven Spielberg, Annabel Jankel, and Nora Ephron.

Robert William "Bob" Hoskins, Junior, was born in 1942 in Suffolk, England. Dropping out of school at the age of fifteen, Hoskins started working various jobs that had no relation to theater or cinema. He worked as a fruit picker in Israel, a chimney sweep, a theater usher, a plumber, and even a fire-eater in a circus. He briefly attended accounting courses before stumbling into acting by chance. Hoskins and a friend attended an audition at a theater, and to his surprise, he was given a role. This marked the beginning of Bob Hoskins' career as an actor at the London theater company, "Unity." Subsequently, he performed on some of the most significant English stages, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the National Theatre, playing a wide range of roles from Shakespearean classics to contemporary plays.

Hoskins made his screen debut in 1972 in Bob Kellett's film, "The Long Duel." It was a small role, followed by a series of similar minor roles. However, Bob Hoskins remained undeterred, diligently doing his work and waiting for his breakthrough. It came eight years later in 1980 when he portrayed a ruthless gangster in John Mackenzie's film, "The Long Good Friday." This role brought him fame, recognition, and acclaim.

With his stocky build, short stature, and remarkable liveliness, Bob Hoskins proved to be an exceptionally versatile actor, effortlessly transitioning from comedic to serious and dramatic roles. After establishing himself as a respected actor in England, Hoskins began receiving numerous offers for film roles in the United States. He appeared in many top-notch films directed by esteemed American directors such as Steven Spielberg, Annabel Jankel, Nora Ephron, and others.

One of his most significant works was his role in Neil Jordan's film, "Mona Lisa," which earned Hoskins an Oscar nomination, the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, and a British Academy Film Award. In the late 1980s, the successful actor ventured into directing, making his directorial debut with the drama film, "The Raggedy Rawney." He went on to direct "Rainbow" in 1995 and "Felicia's Journey" in 1999. Throughout his career, Bob Hoskins portrayed nearly a hundred roles.

In his personal life, Bob Hoskins was married twice. After divorcing Jane Livesey in 1978, he married Linda Banwell in 1982. He has two children from each marriage.